Rafael Nadal’s first French Open titles air on NBC Sports’ ‘From the Vault’
Relive 25% of Rafael Nadal‘s French Open titles on NBCSN on Wednesday, part of NBC Sports’ “From the Vault” week.
Starting at 7 p.m. ET, catch Nadal’s triumphs on the terre battue from 2006, 2011 and 2005 in succession. Coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.
In 2006, Nadal met Federer in a Grand Slam final for the first time, rallying 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4) for his second title at Roland Garros. Nadal conquered Federer in three different clay finals that spring, breaking Guillermo Vilas’ 29-year-old male record for consecutive wins on the surface (53).
The 2011 French Open final (10 p.m.) again pitted Nadal and Federer. Again, Nadal prevailed 7–5, 7-6 (3), 5–7, 6–1. It marked their first Grand Slam final clash since the 2009 Australian Open and would be their last until the 2017 Australian Open. Nadal tied Bjorn Borg‘s record six men’s titles in Paris, a mark he would eventually double.
The 2005 French Open final (12:30 a.m.) marked the beginning of the Nadal reign at Roland Garros. In a white bandana, olive green sleeveless top and white pirate pants, he came back to beat 37th-ranked Argentine Mariano Puerta 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.
At 19, he became the first teenage man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras at the 1990 U.S. Open. And the first man to win the French in his debut at the event since Mats Wilander in 1982.
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|2006 French Open Men’s Final||7 p.m.||NBCSN | STREAM LINK|
|2011 French Open Men’s Final||10 p.m.||NBCSN | STREAM LINK|
|2005 French Open Men’s Final||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN | STREAM LINK|